So, in recent days I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the rabbit hole that is Japanese monolingual dictionaries. I’ve been writing up some stuff and gathering information from all manner of sources, planning on writing a short article on the matter in my study log for anyone that was interested. But… Things quickly started spiralling seriously out of control
So, after a bit of pondering on the subject I decided that an article wasn’t really what I’m after anyway. My goal was to have a bunch of articles on the subject to make aspects of monolingual dictionary use clear to people who haven’t yet taken the plunge, as information on this subject was the main thing holding me back. Basic stuff like “Where can I get my hands on monolingual dictionaries?” “How do I actually use one?” “What do all those special characters mean?” “How do I look stuff up when I don’t know the reading?” to more advanced stuff like “In what aspects do these dictionaries differ from each other?” “How do I utilize this specific dictionary more effectively?” “What dictionary would suit this use-case?”.
So, this is now my plan. Have a single forum thread about monolingual dictionaries here on the forums. I’ll be writing a bunch of articles about monolingual dictionaries, how to use them and all various aspects about them, and posting them here. But if anyone else has any comments, questions, reviews, … Or if you want to post articles with explanations yourself, be my guest! (Also, any external English sources on monolingual dictionaries would be heavily appreciated, they could be a great help to anyone else getting their feet wet on the subject).
The general lay-out will be like this. This post is a general introduction to the thread, the second post will be a wiki, where other people can add useful resources, links to articles and links to posts. This will just be a collection of links (but try and give descriptive titles if at all possible) so as to not get TOO big and unwieldy.
Anything past the second post is a free-for-all. Feel free to post any questions about monolingual dictionaries, comments, whatever, … I’ll also be posting my articles here as I write them (and I’ll update them in the post in question if I gain some new insights), and linking to them from the second post.
No matter what, thanks for taking the time to read this far, and any comments are greatly appreciated